Equalities

We previously invited general comments on the Equality Act. To make things simpler, the measures in the Equality Act have been divided into the eight themes, and this page is now closed for comment. To comment, click here. All the comments received below will be considered in the Equalities challenge process.

5,431 responses to Equalities

  • Mirfat Sulaiman said on June 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I think they should be left as they are.

  • Darren Wilson said on June 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

    The protections ought to remain as they are because they provide a legal remedy to individual instances of unfair treatment stemming from well attested aspects of social inequality. However, as a practitioner of equality and diversity I do think that the post McPherson enquiry additions to the legal landscape that deal with rooting out institutional forms of discrimination need to be thought through again as they are somewhat bureaucratic. I am referring to the Equality Duty; including ‘equality analyses’ or as they have generally been described, ‘equality impact assessments.’ I consider it important that some form of standard is in place for large organisations to follow but I would like to see more thought put into this and something developed that it realistic and practicable.

  • steve brumby said on June 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

    there is not enough publicity about the act and council’s are being slow in implementing the act. the act should be strengthened to make it unlawful for service providers/buildings etc to make their services/building accessible to disabled people, particularly those with mobility needs I.E wheelchair users.

  • John Walsh said on June 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    The Equality Act is vital to establish some measure of fairness for disadvantaged groups in society, particularly the most underprivilaged minorities, viz. the ethnic and disabled minorities. The provisions of the Act should be strengthened, especially for the most disadvantaged groups.

  • Arun Kumar said on June 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    the purpose of Equality Act, 2010 is to stop all sort of discrimination in the society. Though it coveres a wide range of areas, unfortunately caste based discrimination has been left out. Caste is a phenomenon peculiar to the people migrated from the Indian sub continent. In caste system, one is judged by one’s origin of birth rather than worth. As a large number of people are living in the UK from the Indian sub continent, caste discrimination is widely spread in this section of society. The victims of caste discrimination suffer silently as there is no legal remedy to protect so called lower castes. Goverment’s own survey confirms that there is enough evidence to prove the existence of caste discriminarion. Even then they are reluctant to declare caste based discrimination unlawful.

  • Dora Kostiuk said on June 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I think that the Equalities Act 2010 was initially set up to protect the rights of the more vulnerable members of society, who to date are not adequately protected in areas like the workplace. By confusing the object of the Act with areas like Health and Safety, it is giving employers an opportunity to continue to discriminate against vulnerable people. If a person requires specialist equipment in order to work, this is not only on health and safety grounds, but to enable that person has the same levels of comfort and ability as his/her workmates. If we are to encourage more disabled people to work instead of going on invalidity benefit, then the needs of these people will have to be met. Employers will have every excuse to refuse employment to these people and/or to make employment very difficult for these people if this Act does not come into effect to safeguard disabled and other vulnerable members of society.

  • A Petrie said on June 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

    The Equality Act should not be scrapped or merged with other existing regulations.

    There is a lot in the Act that provides important protection for individuals. For example, the consideration of equality impacts can be an important part of understanding the potential impact on different parts of the community and so lead to better policy making, more effective interventions and more efficient services.

    The Act could be improved by implementing the requirement to consider socio-economic inequality as was considered but dropped.

  • Jayne Monkhouse OBE said on June 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    People should be treated on the basis of who they are rather than what they are or where they come from. The Equality Act and the laws that preceded it were designed to ensure that this principle was a made a reality and to help build a society where everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to succeed in work and education. Co-incidentally they ensured the UK’s compliance with EU equality statutes. The Equality Act cannot be scrapped. Its provisions cannot be subsumed into other pieces of legislation as there is no other legislation that underpins our right to live and work free of discrimination. The Equality Act could indeed be made better – the duty to reduce socio-economic disadvantage, the provisions on dual discrimination and the provision to make caste a protected characteristic could be implemented as originally intended. The specific duties could actually be made meaningful. Yet even before they have been used, the government is looking to review the provisions on 3rd party harassment with a view to repealing them. This doesn’t look like a strong commitment to equality to me.

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